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Women Out There, I'm Sure You've Been Catcalled Too
Musician 🎹 Cancer-Crabby ♋ The Shrinking Violet; Taciturn
5 months ago
I know women out there can relate to this article. Although for some reason, there are instances where men get catcalled or harassed too. However, most of the times, women are more vulnerable to this kind of situation, I must say.
With the recent news I've been seeing online and on TV, I couldn't be more concern of how dangerous the society is and will be. There are numerous cases of missing people (mostly women), kidnapping, rape, murder, domestic abuse, etc.
We can't deny the fact that most of the victims are women. Oh well, because we lack physical strength compared to men. And so that makes us vulnerable to such cases.
Just few weeks ago, I posted on noise.cash about my "catcalling" incident. Here's my post:
Kahit kelan, di talaga mawawalan ng manyak sa mundo no? Just few moments ago, I was heading home riding my bike from the cemetery because I visited grandpa.
As I rode my bike, I heard a pervert guy said "Hi!" then whistles catcalling me. I'm pretty sure it was me whom he catcalled because I was the only one passing by on the street. I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts.
These men sexualizing women is such a shame. Ay oo nga pala, di sila nahihiya. In fact, proud pa yan sila mang catcall ng mga babae. Kung manyak talaga ang tao, regardless of how conservative a girl is, nature na talaga nila yan. And how f*cked up this society is blaming women justifying men's disgusting behavior?
I wasn't able to stop nor glanced at him because the road was kind of downhill. I could lose my balance and be in danger. I could have stopped and shouted on his face "f*ck you!" Instead I just shouted in the air and said "f*ck you" to my rage! Mawalan sana sya ng balls!
The other week when I went to pay our electricity bill. I rode the motorela, our main mode of transportation aside from multicabs, when the driver spotted two girls walking on the sidewalk wearing blouses and shorts. The driver whistles "catcalling" the girls as we passed by.
This is such an embarrassment. I could have confronted the driver and inform him about the law against catcalling but I just sighed with dismay. I can't imagine how many cases like these happen everyday, some are even worse. Rapes, kidnapping, abuse, murders, to be exact.
I know men will justify their actions towards "catcalling". For sure they would justify it as a sign of appreciation to a woman's body but don't you pervert guys think how that makes us feel uncomfortable and harassed? Call me OA but that's what we really feel. We don't feel safe at all!
Like I said, with this old-fashioned, and still traditional society that we live in, there is no doubt women will always be the subject to blame because of how we dress ourselves. Oh well, the never-ending adjustment of women to society. What's new? It's my fault. It will always be. Women out there, it'll always be our fault.
Indeed, we are not safe anywhere in this world. We don't know what other people think about people. Even in our houses when comfort is supposed to be found, ironically, it is where heinous crimes happen.
The whole point of this article is not just to rant my frustrations with regards to how men behave towards women but also to ignite a serious and simple question,
Why don't you guys mind your own business and I'll do mine?
Is it really necessary to call out women whistling as if we're dogs, to show your so-called "appreciation"?
What would you feel if your mom, sister or daughter gets catcalled?
Well guess what, we don't feel appreciated. Instead, we feel harassed and sexualized.